Technologies

3D Printing World Record Breaks

Published: May 8, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain

The University of Maine has revealed a new polymer 3D printer at its ASCC center called Factory of the Future 1.0, which is four times larger than its predecessor. This new printer can create objects up to 30 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 5.5 meters high, with a printing capacity of up to 227kg per hour. It offers a more sustainable and cost-effective solution for industries like national security, affordable housing, bridge construction, ocean and wind energy technologies, and maritime vessel fabrication.

FoF 1.0 is a versatile printer that can switch between different manufacturing processes such as additive, subtractive, tape lay-up, and robotic arm operations. It, along with the MasterPrint 3D printer, will enhance research in manufacturing innovation at the ASCC.

The Foundation for Offshore Robotics (FoF 1.0) is pioneering collaborative robotics operations on a large scale by integrating new sensors, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence. ASCC executive director, Habib Dagher, highlights the importance of creating certified systems that meet high-quality standards. Gratitude is expressed towards Senator Collins and Maine’s congressional delegation for their support, as well as collaborations with various organizations and industry partners.

The Department of Defense has been collaborating with the University of Maine ASCC for almost 20 years to advance composites and manufacturing technologies. Undersecretary of Defense, Heidi Shyu, emphasized the importance of these innovations for the security and economic well-being of the USA.

The unveiling of FoF 1.0 precedes the summer groundbreaking of the Green Engineering and Materials Factory of the Future, a research laboratory aimed at promoting sustainable manufacturing through next-generation materials. With a focus on addressing challenges like workforce shortages and supply chain issues.

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